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6 Insider Tips to Make Your CV Stand Out

One of the reasons you might not be hearing back after applying for jobs is that your CV isn’t getting past the ATS (Applicant Tracking System) screening. Many companies use ATS to filter out resumes before they even reach a human recruiter. If your resume isn’t optimised for these systems, it might be getting lost in the digital shuffle. In this article, we’ll discuss how you can tailor your CV to make sure it gets through. Let’s get started!

Applicant Tracking System (ATS)?

An Applicant Tracking System is a software application that helps recruiters manage the hiring process by sorting and ranking CVs based on specific criteria. ATS scans your CV for keywords and phrases relevant to the job description, ensuring that only the most suitable candidates make it through to the next stage.

Key Factors to Consider for an ATS-Friendly CV

Use Standard CV Formatting

  • Layout: Avoid using fancy templates with multiple columns, graphics, or images. Stick to a simple, clean layout with clear headings and bullet points.Headers and Footers: ATS may not be able to read information in headers or footers, so keep important details in the main body of your CV.
  • Headers and Footers: ATS may not be able to read information in headers or footers, so keep important details in the main body of your CV.
  • Font: Use standard fonts like Arial, Times New Roman, or Calibri. Font size should be between 10-12 points for readability.
  • Sections: Use standard section headings such as “Work Experience,” “Education,” “Skills,” and “Certifications.” This helps the ATS understand the structure of your CV.

Optimise with Relevant Keyword

  • Keywords: Incorporate keywords from the job description into your CV. This includes specific skills, job titles, and relevant terms that match the position you are applying for.
  • Placement: Distribute keywords naturally throughout your CV, especially in sections like work experience, skills, and education.

Choose the Right File Type

  • File Format: Submit your CV in a text-based format such as .docx or .pdf. Avoid file types like .jpg or .png, as ATS may not be able to read them.
  • Saving Options: When saving as a PDF, ensure it’s not a scanned image but a text-based PDF to ensure ATS readability.

Keep It Concise and Relevant

  • Length: Limit your CV to 1-2 pages, focusing on your most recent and relevant experience.
  • Content: Prioritize your achievements and responsibilities that align with the job description.

Use Standard Section Headings

  • Ensure consistent spacing and alignment to make your CV easy to read for both ATS and human recruiters.

Tools to Check ATS-Friendliness

To ensure your CV is ATS-friendly, you can use online tools that analyse your CV and provide feedback. Here are a few recommended options:

  • Jobscan – This tool compares your CV against job descriptions to identify missing keywords and formatting issues.
  • Resume Worded – Provides instant feedback on your CV’s strengths and areas for improvement, focusing on ATS optimisation.
  • Resumake – An easy-to-use tool that helps create ATS-friendly CVs with customisable templates.

Remember to keep your CV clear, concise, and relevant to the job you’re applying for. Good luck!

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